The Detroit Pistons are indeed hoping that three times turns out to be a charm.
Maurice (Mo) Cheeks, who once held head-coaching positions with the Portland Trail Blazers and Philadelphia 76ers, will get his third shot in the lead chair when the Pistons open the NBA season next fall.
Cheeks, 56, has agreed to join the Pistons after the two sides worked out a multiyear agreement, the Pistons confirmed this evening. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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“We’re pleased to welcome Maurice Cheeks to the Pistons organization,” Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said in a statement. “The leadership and player development qualities he brings as a former player and coach blends nicely with the roster we are building for the future. He’s won an NBA championship, coached in two NBA Finals as an assistant coach and mentored some of the top young players in the NBA.”
Cheeks becomes the 29th coach in Detroit franchise history – the eighth in the past 14 seasons. He has spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
“After spending some time with Maurice, I was very impressed not only with his basketball knowledge but his communication and leadership skills,” Pistons owner Tom Gores said in a statement. “We are very excited to have someone of his experience and talent help take this franchise into the future.”
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Cheeks inherits a team that is working on five straight losing seasons and four straight seasons missing the postseason.
But the job offers promise because of the young and imposing frontline of fourth-year power forward Greg Monroe and second-year center Andre Drummond. There are other young promising pieces such as Brandon Knight, Kyle Singler and Khris Middleton.